Today users can access rich information and services while they are browsing a site; it’s not a trivial task to expose this content to the same users when they are not on that site.
For instance the action of displaying a map, given a text address, requires many steps (e.g. copy the location, open a new tab, navigate to a new site, paste the location). Additionally, other simple scenarios such as checking if the content on your favorite site have been updated, require the user to navigate to the full site several times during the day and perform manually a comparison with the previous version.
The goal of this Web Application Toolkit is to leverage the new features in Internet Explorer 8 (Web Slices, Accelerators and Visual Search Providers) to extend the reach of your Web site and services also to those users that are not on your site.
The Web Application Toolkit includes a set of ASP.NET Web controls that you can use to take advantage of these Internet Explorer new features in your own Web application, including:
- ASP.NET Web Slice control: Enabling users to subscribe to your content directly within a Web page.
- ASP.NET Accelerator control: To facilitate the access to your Web application or services from any Web page through contextual menu options.
- ASP.NET Visual Search control: Allowing users to search within your site through the browser Instant Search box.
- ASP.NET Browser Helper control: Used to detect if the visitor of your site is using Internet Explorer 8 and if not, display a message and disable any Internet Explorer 8 specific controls (Web Slices, Accelerator and Search Providers).
Get it here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WebAppToolkitIE8